Collaboration with patients and families

Keen, Tom, and Lakeman, Richard (2009) Collaboration with patients and families. In: Barker, Phil, (ed.) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: the craft of caring. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA, pp. 149-161.

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[Extract] Mental health policy, standards and vision documents in most Western countries aspire to collaborative working between users of mental health services, families and carers in the provision of mental health care and the development of services. In several Australian states 'Carers Recognition' legislation mandates that carers must be included in the assessment, planning, delivery and review of services that impact on them. There is consistent evidence that mutually respectful collaborative alliances between professionals and patients are of central importance in determining the outcome of any therapeutic strategy, regardless of specific treatment modality. Service users, however, report disappointing levels of involvement in their own personal care and treatment, as well as in the planning and development of services. Similarly, many families and carers of service continue to report feeling excluded from decision-making, care and treatment processes and feel blamed for the plight of their diagnosed relatives.

Item ID: 44104
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-340-94763-0
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2017 01:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
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